Ever since Sunday’s Super Bowl, there has been a great debate brewing about what is expected of athletes in a press-conference immediately following a big event that did not go their way. In case you missed it, quarterback Cam Newton of the losing Carolina Panthers held a brooding and sulking two-minute press-conference following Sunday night’s game.
Just in case anyone was wondering, I did actually make it back home safely from Media Day in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. But in all the years I’ve been making the drive between Indianapolis and Nashville, Tuesday night was the second worse weather I’ve driven through on that route.
IndyCar Media Day started quietly enough. After a quick trip to Charlie Brown’s, where I ran into a few old friends – I made my way to IMS. It was a little surreal as I was making my way toward what is usually a vacation destination for me, in the middle of Indianapolis rush hour as everyone else was headed for their daily routines and jobs.
After watching much of the Rolex24 at Daytona this past weekend, I’m really getting into full racing mode. The fact that it was sunny and almost seventy degrees in Nashville this weekend helped to remind me of warm days at the track. Except for this little thing coming up this weekend called the Super Bowl, my mind has really started the shift away from football to where it is completely focused on racing.
There is an old joke that goes something like this; Q. How do you make a small fortune? A. Start with a large fortune and go racing. While it may apply, chances are that none of those associated with the team formerly known as CFH Racing are laughing very hard today.
This is not a new topic for me, but reading this article in USA Today last week confirmed what I have been saying for a while now. For some time, I’ve been voicing my concern for motorsports for the long term. I’m not talking strictly about IndyCar, but NASCAR and Formula One and motorsports across the board. I’ve been basing my concern off of more of a gut feeling, but this article backs up my fears with data.
Since the IMS Radio Network was first formed in 1952, there have been only five people to people to anchor the race broadcast. Think about that for a moment. The 1952 Indianapolis 500 was the thirty-sixth running of the race. This year will be the one-hundredth edition of the race. In that sixty-four year span, only five people have anchored the race broadcast. It’s obviously a very tough gig to get.